Former world No. 17 Bernard Tomic took to Instagram following his Australian Open qualifying first round loss to give an update on his condition. Tomic told chair umpire mid-match that he would test positive for COVID-19 after the match.
Tomic ended up losing to Roman Safiullin as the Russian beat the Australian 6-1 6-4 to progress into the qualifying second round at Melbourne Park. After the match, Tomic started isolation in his hotel room. "Feeling really sick, I'm now back in my hotel room.
Just spoke to the doctors on site and they've asked me to isolate. They couldn't treat me yet to avoid contact. Thank you for all the support on the court today. I really appreciate it! I'll do better next time. Very disappointed as I wanted to make Aussies proud and perform well on my home turf," Tomic said in an Instagram Story.
Tomic stood no chance against Safiullin
Tomic saved three break points in the second game of the match to level the set at one game apiece. Safiullin then claimed three breaks in a row and won seven consecutive games to take a 6-1 2-0 lead.
Safiullin then held on to his serve the rest of the match to book a straight-set win. Last month, world No. 257 Tomic spoke about how determined he was to return to top. "I’ve had a lot of hate in my life. But I can’t give up.
You don’t think I see the hate comments? It hurts," Tomic said in December. “In the past I used to let it get to me and react out of stupidity. But now I’m using it as fuel. “I’m back. I’m hungry, and I’m ready.
No one can stop me now, but me. “I’m training, I’m sweating, I’m pushing, I’m fired up. Whatever it takes to get back on top. “ Hard work pays off. I’ve put my blood sweat and tears into this sport. I have come back before. It’s time to set the record straight."